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Boats

  • Back that trailer up

    It’s a common scenario. You pull up ready for a day on the water and the boat ramp is a circus. Gear, dogs, boats and people everywhere. You’ve done your due diligence and prepared your boat off to the side and are now ready to launch. I’ve had a couple of stressful moments trying to…

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    A raft without air?

    How a small leak can mean big problems down the line in·flat·a·ble /inˈflādəb(ə)l/ Inflatable. Pretty simple to infer what it means, but by definition it’s the capability to be inflated with air. It also happens to be one of the most important components for any inflatable raft, kayak or paddle board. A couple weeks ago, after…

  • Video: A solid knot for attaching an anchor to a raft or drift boat

    Video: A solid knot for attaching an anchor for a raft or driftboat.

    I'm not (pun intended) sure I even know what exactly this specific knot in the video below is actually called. It seems to be a variation on the anchor bend. What I can tell you is that it works for connecting an anchor line to an anchor. Very well. Of course this is only if…

  • Boats in books … and dreaming about rivers

    by Greg McReynolds I’ve read “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame to all of our kids. It’s a wordy book, full of the kind of slow, descriptive prose that is perfect for winding down a restless four-year-old just before bedtime.   My favorite passage comes early in the book, after the mole leaves his…

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    Learning from our mistakes

    The greatest part about making mistakes is learning something new. Some say if you’re not making mistakes then you’re not getting better. I couldn’t agree more. Recently, on a trip down to southern Utah with the family in tow, I learned that it’s no fun to disassemble an entire 14-foot raft and all of its…

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    Using the human anchor to catch more fish

    Using the human anchor to catch more fish.

    Anchors seem to be a common talking point when angling boaters get together. How big? How small? What type? How heavy? The debates can go on forever. There's one type, though, that some of you may have not tried though. The human anchor. Seriously. Many years ago I had the privilege of being invited to…

  • Learning to row

    There’s no better time to start. Growing up as a Midwestern kid from the suburbs, I didn’t know much about the outdoors. Being from Ohio, we didn’t camp a lot. Rivers were a bit foreign to our family of six. Don’t get me wrong, we fished, swam and rode bikes until the streetlights came on…